At first glance the winter landscape looks so desolate, monotonous and colorless. However, I find that once my eyes/mind get tuned into the trees, their trunks and bark, I see abundant subjects of interest. Here are photos of the great variety that caught my eye one day in early January in Edmonton.
Here are my favorite abstract photos from each month of 2018. I have employed a number of techniques in these selections, from found patterns in “nature”, to digital manipulation to camera (or object ) motion:
Looking back on 2018, I didn’t do as much abstract photography as I thought I did. At least I didn’t capture as many images during 2018. I did finish up a number of abstract photos that I had taken years ago, and they are among my favorite images. However those images are not included in this 2018 collection, so please look back to my earlier “abstract photography”- tagged blog posts to see them.
Autumn is famous as the season of glorious displays of color, but that doesn’t have to be all that intrigues a photographer at this time of year. Here are some black and white images of what has caught my eye this early October:
Especially on a wet fall day the strong contrast of tree trunks makes for a dramatic image.
The autumn season is also when the river is at its lowest level, exposing sandbar “beaches” not normally seen. And those beaches reveal some interesting forms, very suited to black and white (or mostly monochromatic) presentation:
The above photos were all taken October 1st and 2nd (2016), in the river valley in Edmonton, Canada.
Here are some photos taken on the same outing as my hike last Sunday in Edmonton’s Mill Creek Ravine – but taking out the color the images have a much moodier feel.
and as a bonus, a black and white image from beside the river in Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Park:
This is a little collection of photos of ferns, taken with a Samsung Galaxy S5 and processed with the Snapseed and Tiny Planets apps.
On the south side of Edmonton lies a deeply wooded ravine in which runs the Mill Creek. In winter it will be frozen over in some places and have flowing water in other locales. Here are some photos from 2015 February 8th:
In this post I share 5 more (mostly) black and white photos captured in one beautiful September afternoon beside the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton, Canada.
and finally, not really a black and white but pretty much mono chromatic except for the rust. This collection of hardware was just sitting on a rock beside the river.
Also see another 5 black and white photos from this shoot in Down by the River (Part I)
Although I love to play around with abstracted and black and white photos, today I want to share 5 photos with nothing fancy going on – pretty much just nature as I saw it.
Early April in this part of the world (Edmonton, Canada) is a time of transition, Usually most of the winter’s snow has melted (except for some shaded areas in ravines). However it is not unusual for moisture in combination with cooler days to result in new snow falling. Here are some of my abstract photos from this period, that for me capture the feeling of this transitional season without getting caught up in the details.
Camera motion during the exposure distilled the image to it’s color essence although the captured color was subtler than shown here.
At this time of year, the deciduous trees are still a month away from leafing-out. Most of the green in the landscape comes from the spruce and pine trees.
Rivers and creeks have melted significantly to provide magical reflections.
Time: Mid-day, Tuesday January 4th
Weather: -1C and snowing moderately
Location: Edmonton’s river valley, trail on the south and east side of the river north of Dawson Bridge